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Re: Test Strategy

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_newton.ch.collab.net>
Date: 2002-08-01 18:16:52 CEST

Kieran <kieran@esperi.demon.co.uk> writes:
> Have you noticed that all tests pass in make check? That means
> that subversion is officially perfect, right?

No, no one believes that :-).

Passing the regression suite is not a claim that there are no bugs.
But *not* passing it is a claim that there *are* bugs, that's all.

> Might it be an idea to split tests into "regression" and "bugs"?
> That might encourage people to write or solitcit tests before
> bug-hunting, which I think would be a win in the long-run.

What prevents people from writing tests for their bug reports or
patches is lack of time, not a matter of labeling. There's no real
difference between a "bug test" and a "regression test". Before a fix
is committed, the test is a reproduction recipe; after the fix is
applied, the same test is now a regression test.

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